Active Directory Migration SBS2003 -> 2012 Std.

Posted on 2014-09-03
Last Modified: 2014-09-03
Hi Everyone,

I have been hired to implement a new server at a company. The company has SBS2003 (old right) and they have a new sever that is going to host several Windows server 2012 standard hosts. My question is i have never gone from 2003 SBS to 2012 std before. I am thinking the best coarse of action is to use ADMT (active directory migration tool) and bring everything to a new domain and then eventually shut down the old domain. Question is will this work? Also when a user logs into the new profile on their PC assuming it works will their desktop look the same. or will it create a new user account that has none of their previous files etc.

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Brad Groux earned 500 total points
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You should be able to migrate just fine from 2003 SBS to 2012 R2.

The first thing you'll want to do is download and thoroughly review Microsoft's Migration Guide -

This step-by-step guide is also worth a look as it takes you through every step of the process (note, it is 11 parts total) -

User profiles should migrate when you migrate the user.

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by:andrew sangster
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What tool should i use to migrate the user? and should i add the 'new domain' to the current forest first or run them as completely separate entity's. I assume this is the easiest way since there is no direct upgrade path from 2003 sbs to 2012 std. and the roles and functional level in 2003 is very limited.
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by:Brad Groux
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Adding the domain to the same forest is up to you - most people just create a trust and keep them segregated and start with a new forest, but either way works. Use ADMT to migrate the users. The step-by-step guide I posted above literally takes you through all of this including creating a trust and migrating users.
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by:andrew sangster
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Hi Brad,

thanks for the reply. WOW that certainly is a detailed document on the ADMT. I will take a look at it and the other. One Question though is when the users are on the 'new domain' what is the best way to move their profiles. does Microsoft have a migration tool for this too? This is all internal we didn't get bought out or anything and this isn't a merger just all internal stuff in an SMB so I want to avoid users coming into work the next day and having a new 'profile' on their computer that is a blank slate if you will.  any ideas.

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by:Brad Groux
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As stated in my original comment, user profiles can migrate when you migrate the users.

Translate = Migrate

See 10.7 -

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by:andrew sangster
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Brad, thank you for helping me out. appreciate it

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